Business Tasks You Shouldn’t Do Yourself
When we first start our businesses, we often try to do as much as we possibly can for ourselves. It saves us money. It allows us to learn more about our company and all of its elements, means that we get to keep total control and it gives us a chance to build up our own skills and do things our way. In the early days, doing most of your tasks yourself has many advantages.
But at some point, this needs to stop. As your business starts to grow and you can afford staff, or external help, you need to get it. Hiring help, or outsourcing, means that you get skilled professionals where you need them. It means that tasks are done well but that you’ve got time to focus on the things that really matter. Delegating takes the pressure off you and helps your business to grow. Even then, though, you might be tempted to do a lot of the work. Here are some of the business tasks that you shouldn’t do for yourself.
Let’s face it, your windows aren’t a priority, and you might not have cleaned them at all. But they are more important than you might think. If you work with the public, clean windows invite people in, give them a sneak peek and offer a great first impression. Even if you don’t invite people in, clean windows will maximise natural light and help to keep your office or workspace productive and your staff happy. But, you shouldn’t clean them yourself. You won’t even be able to if your office is on a high level or your business is tall.
Professional window cleaners will do a better job, and their insurance will cover any damage or breakages, so you won’t have to worry.
At home, you might feel confident taking on some basic DIY for yourself. You certainly won’t want to spend money on a handyman for every little task that comes up. But, at work, you might want to leave things to the professionals. Again, it ensures the job is done well and saves you time, but it also means you are using insured professionals, instead of risking voiding warranties of having buildings insurance issues of your own. You might even need remedial building services for bigger jobs that you should never tackle.
Tasks That Don’t fit Your Skill Set
We could easily say, don’t do your own web design, or don’t do your staff schedules for yourself, but it really does depend on your individual skill set. As a business owner, it’s crucial that you learn to understand your own strengths and weaknesses. Don’t just take on the tasks that you think you are good at, or that you enjoy doing. Don’t just do the jobs that you think you should, because other bosses do. Understand where your skills lie, and when you need help. Even if it’s a job that technically falls under your job role if you aren’t good at it, delegate or outsource.
If you can do things like marketing and accounting yourself, you could save a lot of money. But, if these aren’t in your skill set, hiring external help, or delegating to a skilled member of your team, can be worthwhile.
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